Retrato de meu amigo Tocantinense. RJ/TO-BR, 2019.
Esse é o Martini, filho do Cezar, adotado no fim de 2018. Fazia um tempo que o Cezar tava obcecado com galgos, e agora que chegou um na família, pintei uma miniatura de presente.
This is Martini, Cezar’s late 2018 adoption. Cezar wanted an italian greyhound for some time, and now that he’s got one I painted a miniature as a gift for the family.
Essa peça é especial por vários motivos - foi a primeira pintura de um pet especifico, e a primeira “jóia” da minha produção, aproveitando uma armação de broche vintage, de prata, e com o vidro original. O broche também é pingente, todo caprichado. Tentei desenhar, pintar e ornar pra ficar bem fino.
This is a special piece for some reasons - it’s the first pet portrait I’ve done, and also my first miniature qualifying as a jewel. I painted it to match a vintage sterling silver and glass frame, wich I got in a flea marke. It’s a brooch and also a pendant. I wanted the piece to be fancy.
Depois de rascunhar e pintar a figura do Martini, escolhi ultramarinho pro fundo - Um azul comum em miniaturas por causa da cor lindíssima e pigmento caríssimo. Usei o mesmo tom num retrato que fiz do meu amigo à moda renascentista em 2016. Agora os 2 têm retratos combinando.
After drawing and painting, I chose an ultramarine background - a typical color found in antique miniatures, because of its noble origins and associations. I used the same blue in a renaissance style potrait of Cezar in 2016. Now he and Martini have matching portraits.
Como é uma peça bem especial, assinei e datei o verso da pintura. Terminado o broche, fiz uma caixinha e ate tentei dar um lacinho, que não rolou. Empacotei e levei pra SP, onde entreguei de surpresa depois de um jantar. Ele curtiu.
The finishing touch is my signature in the back of the watercolor, and because it’s such a special piece, I fancied some latin words in it. Then I packed it in a custom box and surprise gifted my friend after dinner. He liked it a lot.
for funny peeps!
Late 2018 I found @fundies_undies on IG and I liked it - they
LGBTQ, inclusive and green (and the products are really fun!). So as I did with Cacete Company, I slid into their DMs introducing myself and asking if they`d like some drawings. They offered me a deal, and this is what I came up with:
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I always think of making things that don’t take forever to finish and also would look good on print, even if it’s a shitty printer - cue clean silhouettes in black&white lineart. I don’t fancy myself as a digital painter, after all. When it comes to selling ideas and stuff, I mostly stick to what I’m better at, wich is drawing.
Fundies is all about the LGBTQ community, so they asked me to draw a trans man. Since it was a deal (exchange of goods and services) and also a first (haven’t had a specific request like this) I came up with a plan and some options - I combined two pictures of myself that didn’t make the cut and stylied it with a underwear that is avaliable at their store.
Fundies has a lot of quirky and colorful items, but I chose these plain B/W briefs because they are recognizable and they come with and without the packer pouch. It’s all about the options, so I could draw and ask for input as I go, and end with multiple illustrations before arriving in what they like best. Here are some variations on the drawing:
Since it was made for Instagram, it wouldn’t be just a drawing - it’s best for it to be also content. Then there’s a design part: I thought about doing stuff that would look good on the feed and in the stories. After I finished the edits and Fundies picked what they liked, I fixed them a static version and matching gif of two separate illustrations:
The eyes are remixes of the Instagram sticker from Carra Skyes @carraskyes. It exists only on Instagram and it is really familiar, but the non LGBTQ folk may not clock the trans flag colors in the iris. It’s part of the queer pride sticker family, and it ties everything together. Here are the separate designs that make the gif:
08/12/2018, Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
Last December I took my art to Rio de Janeiro and gifted this pair of earrings to a fun & friendly couple Rodrigo @fritobear and Leon @completasso, who took me to the museum (in person) and later to a sex party (in Leon’s ear). He promised me a pic, and he got it. Work friend!
As fotos da festa ficaram ótimas: FLSH FINAL ACT - DEZEMBRO 2018 por GATARIA
Nesse verão resolvi fazer algo de diferente, então pintei uma série de pingentes de xinxa. Testei cores e moods, e esses são meus resultados. Nesse fim-de-semana passo no RJ, e levo elas comigo pra vender, muambar e escambar.
This summer in Brazil I’m going to Rio de Janeiro to sightsee and sell art. I´ve worked on this set of XX pendants and I'm happy to say that some pieces are already sold, I’ll only have to deliver. It’s gonna be fun.
Do luxo ao lixo.
Miniatura no estado original, 09 de Setembro de 2018, e depois da limpeza
Mês passado passeei em SP e comprei uma lembrancinha - um retrato em miniatura achado numa garagem do Bixiga. Apesar de velha e suja, vi qualidade na peça. Ainda mais comparada com as tranqueiras que eu vi por lá:
Um mês depois, curioso pra olhar a pintura de perto, fui abrir a peça - Queria saber se era uma antiguidade ou tranqueira de 1920-40. Se era uma “francesa genérica” ou se era uma francesa de original. E daí começou uma tour no Instagram. Foi legal, recebi dicas e feedbacks, e salvei tudo num destaque “who is she?”.
Abertura e Limpeza/Opening and Cleaning
O verso do quadro tinha um papelão pregado que não fazia parte do conjunto. Removi. Por baixo dele, o fundo original, de jornal. Na frente a redoma é de vidro, a miniatura pintada em osso. Limpei a moldura e o vidro com microfibra, e tirei a poeira da mulher usando um pincel seco.
Moldura e Fundo/Frame and Back
A miniatura foi pintada em osso, e a redoma que a cobre é de vidro, então supus que a moldura, se original, também foi feita com material bom, e não plástico.
Achei vários sinais de que a miniatura não é coisa do nosso século, com a confirmação no verso:
Europa nos 1700s/18th Century Europe
Alem do titulo completo, dava pra ler um pouco da data do jornal - Décembre ___6., e o número das páginas 422 e 4__. Pesquisei as edições de Dezembro das décadas terminadas em 6, e achei as correspondências em na edição de Dezembro de 1756. O jornal/folhetim consistia de noticias sobre politica e tambem fofocas de época, o que deu uma dica pra procedência e círculo social da mulher no retrato.
Daí passei a tentar traduzir um papel que acompanhava a pintura, uma etiqueta, com uns rabiscos. Suspeitei que o nome e data foram escritos recente, porque parecem de lapiseira, talvez só uma notinha dizendo quem é o dono do retrato, como em primeiras páginas de livro. Mas aí pesquisei e aprendi que lapiseiras já existiam nos 1750, então “Madame Sophie” e “1779” pareciam apontar pra identidade da própria.
A primeira coisa que me passou na cabeça quando eu vi a miniatura na garagem foi que ela era a cara das princesas do MASP, pintadas pelo Nattier. Se eu não comprei uma francesa, comprei alguém com cara de francesa. Francesíssima.
Mesmo cabelo, mesmas modas. Por causa da cara e do jeito dela, concluí que se era um retrato de socialite, ela não era austríaca, escandinava, alemã e nem russa. O jornal de Luxemburgo no verso e o nome Sophie escrito em anexo confirmaram o óbvio.
Logo depois de descobrir essa “Madame Sophie”, um amiguinho disse que googleando “Madame Sophie 1779” saía uma dona com a mesma cara e pose da miniatura. Fui conferir e -surpresa!, era praticamente uma xerox das princesas do MASP porque foi irmã delas!
Sophie tem uns poucos parágrafos na Wikipedia, os editores resumindo que a fia nasceu e ninguém viu, morreu e ninguém deu falta. Tudo faz sentido. Tão esquecida pela história que terminou numa garagem em SP, e não no museu junto com as outras. Agora a acolho em minha humilde residência.
Further reading: A History of the Portrait Miniature - V&A
Amigas sem censura.
Meu amigo @schimou resolveu abrir uma conta +18 no Insta pra postar umas sacanagens e começar uma marca. Segui na hora. Daí esses tempos vi essa foto, e resolvi me envolver pintando uns broches celebrando nossa amizade e essa bunda.
I've been following @schimou 18+ IG account @duococum, which is a trip (and a brand). So when I came across a pic of a recent sexcapade of his, I decided to paint some brooches out of it - to celebrate both my friend and this glorious ass.
Nas ultimas 2 semanas eu pintei em meu tempo livre (e umas horas durante o trabalho) e postei os progressos nas Stories do meu Insta. Agora terminei 9 broches, que estou vendendo por R$90. Se não vender todos na próxima semana, vou usar o que eu tiver na mão pra abrir uma lojinha no Etsy.
For the last 2 weeks I've been painting in my free time (and sometimes, at my day job) and posting the progress on my IG stories. I just finished 9 brooches, wich I'm selling via Instagram for $35 each. If I don't sell out in the next couple weeks, I'll use them to open an Etsy account.
a DIY Instagram Model
This is my second go at illustrating in iPad Pro - it's a portfolio piece for Bold Strap, a jockstrap/sex gear brand based in São Paulo. This is me trying to sell the idea of having art in their IG feed and making the most of the iPad as a drawing tool.
I made 3 versions of the guy: two wearing a jockstrap-thong in black and white, and one in the nude. The jocks are a new Bold design, coming out next month. The nakedness is for my own personal amusement. And yours. Click to enlarge:
So my good friend B gave me this book - he had just finished reading it and told me it was interesting because of the author’s involvement in the history of pre-Stonewall gay liberation movements.
B also said that the guy was part of the Mattachine Society, founded in the 60s, and that he knows Curtis Dewees, a former member who is still alive and living in São Paulo. That was cool, so I took up reading the story of a young man becoming a gay pioneer.
I told friends about these selling points, thinking it was gonna be sort of a documentary, but what I got was Jack traveling for a couple years and 200 pages, and when vacation was over he got a husband and then started working on his social crusade.
The story is about how Jack was handsome and was non-stop scoring in the 60s, and in 2017 it’s hard not to think that some shit in it would never fly today - especially when the idyllic hillbillies he loved so much are today's rednecks from Trump's America.
If you think about it, Jack was just a plain white guy in the 60s fawning over studs and even himself. So it can get obnoxious when he paints himself as an intellectual and very different from the hillbillies that he fetishizes.
All the stud talk distracted me of the underlying plot of the Mattachine Society and its purpose - it flew over my head between all the hooking and "graceful prose". If my friend B put me in contact with the former member of the society in São Paulo, I wouldn't have anything to say or ask about it.
Through the very last pages I was like, “So the book is almost over and the guy didn’t talk much about his politics”. Then the book ends and the last page plugs his various essays and memoir. Maybe I’ll check them in the future.
I was sold on a “gay pioneer story” and didn’t get it because Jack is barely engaged with anything but cruising. It was only after finishing the book that I realized it was not that serious - both covers, the preface and even the author advertise it as a bunch of sex stories.
The point is - If you read for social studies it’s very underwhelming, but if you read it as pulp fiction, it’s good!
The cover features Jack over a painting of a naked dude doing a yoga pose on a beach, which I understood after reading the credits. It's romance novel art, and kinda all over the place - was yoga big in the 60s? But once you start reading you’ll get its intention.
The vintage setting is cool - drinks at gay and lesbian bars that closed at 1 am, beehive hairstyles, the start of black lib and the first gay march, and even an inside scoop at a Nazi party. Lots of colorful images of the gay sixties are there.
Jack is a total top and bottoms once in the whole book. He sucks a lot of dick, tho. He says that in the sixties there was such a stigma with bottoming that the guys would gossip about them brownie queens, imagine that. At least he wasn't all #masc4masc about it.
The writing is tacky (it’s expected in this genre) and all the asses are "white perfectly round mountains", but through the fantasies about beach bodies there are some issues that we can relate to today, like renting shabby places with roommates and dealing/dating with guys on the DL who aren’t interested in openness or “fighting the good fight”.
Speaking of pulp, Jack goes meta and fashions himself as the one-arm hooker in Tennessee Williams’ One Arm. I tried to find its original cover but couldn’t, so I saw a match in this one until I realized that the guy does have both arms, they are just drawn funny. Oh well.
Bottom line is, the book is kinda shallow in the social commentary department. I was pumped about activism and vintage queer issues and got too many pages of steamy stories. I don't know the author and I didn’t totally buy his embellished tale.
But if you just want vintage hot bottoms, go ahead, it's a rather quick and fun read, only the hotness factor is a bit tame by today’s standards. I read dirtier and more thrilling stories in Please Kill Me and Secret Historian, another gift from B that I highly recommend.